Jesus went to a town called Naim and many of his disciples went with him —a great number of people. As He reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother and she was a widow; there followed a large crowd of townspeople. On seeing her, the Lord had pity on her and said, «Don't cry». Then He came up and touched the stretcher and the men who carried it stopped. Jesus then said, «Young man, awake, I tell you». And the dead man got up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. A holy fear came over them all and they praised God saying, «A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people». This news spread out in the Jewish country and the surrounding places.
Jesus is well connected to the movements interior and exterior. The exterior movements will be visible to us, only if we are aware of our interior movements. Many of us like to connect to the exterior movements, which are very much visible and fail drastically.
How it was possible for Jesus to remain connected to the exterior world, while remaining interior? Simply (in His human nature) he gets information and remained connected with the exterior world. He is not taken by the crowd surrounded, rather the people who are not there with Him. He has come just to search the lost sheep of the Father (his inner thirst).
It is this very nature of seeking and searching the lost one, which has inspired Jesus to enquire a crowd passing by (which fail to notice His presence). Rather it is so taken back by the death of the young man, the very giver of life amidst them is ignored.
In our life too, we are taken by many external movements, allowing ourselves wandering everywhere without any direction, and we fail to identify the inner movements, which help us to live in the present.
Jesus is asking each and every one us to be awaken from our slumbering night and relive the present life filled with happiness and joy. Many of us, live like the bird on the telephone line, without being aware of immense communication pass by through the wire. Shall we be awaken and see all that wonderful events happening around us?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
The dead man who meets the Life and the Resurrection, by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)
"The dead man was being buried, and many friends were conducting him to his tomb. Christ, the life and resurrection, meets him there. He is the Destroyer of death and of corruption. He is the One in whom we live and move and are.3 He is who has restored the nature of man to that which it originally was and has set free our death-fraught flesh from the bonds of death. He had mercy upon the woman, and that her tears might be stopped, he commanded saying, 'Weep not.' Immediately the cause of her weeping was done away." (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 36)
«Young man, awake, I tell you»
+ Fr. Joan SERRA i Fontanet
Today, two groups of people cross each other's path… One group escorting the death; the other one escorting the life. A poor widow, followed by her relatives and friends, is carrying out his only son to the cemetery while, suddenly, she sees a lot of people following Jesus. The two groups of people get together and they come to a halt, while Jesus tells the mother that was going to lay to rest her son: «Don't cry» (Lk 7:13). The crowd looked at Jesus, who was not indifferent to that mother's pain and suffering, but feeling deeply sorry for her, He brings her son back to life. For, finding Jesus is to find life, as Jesus said about Himself: «I am the resurrection and the life» (Jn 11:25). St. Braulio of Saragossa writes: «Let the hope of resurrection encourage us, then, because we shall see again those whom we lose here below».
In reading this fragment of the Gospel about the resurrection of that young man of Naim, we could emphasize Jesus' divinity and stand fast on it, by saying that only God could have brought back his life to this young man; but, today, I would rather stress Jesus Humanity as, here, we do not see Jesus as a remote being, or as someone very different to us, or even somebody so important that He could not arouse in us the confidence and trust a good friend would.
We, Christians, must learn to emulate Jesus. We must ask God the grace to be like Christ for the others. How wonderful if others could see us as Jesus' very image on this earth! Those who saw St. Francis of Assissi, for instance, were also seeing Jesus' image. Saints are those that carry Jesus in their words and deeds, and imitate his way of doing things and his goodness. Our society need saints and you can be one in your environment.